TWENTY-SIXTH TALK 521 of anything higher, yet he is very well satisfied. He takes life very much as he finds it, and his desire is not to get out of this kind of life into some- thing higher and ftobler, but rather to succeed in this life and make a good thing out of it. So it is true that if he gave up all that he knows of as himself, in that case there would not be very much left, so far as he could see, although the whole of the reality would in truth be left. It is difficult to explain to him such a phrase as being " merged into the Divine Life," for example. You could not make him understand it. Well, you have probably spoken sometimes to people and perhaps realised how hopeless it is. I remember a man—a very good ordinary man, a clever man too at tHat, who had made a considerable study of Buddhism;—it was the Northern Buddhism he was trying to study. He came to me one day and said: tt I cannot make anything out of this, it does not seem to be worth following up. I have read through a number of books ; it is quite interesting as a study in archaeology and so on, but the only object they put before you seems to be to become one with the Buddha. I cannot see that that would be of any value to the Buddha, and it certainly would be the end of me." That is the point of view the average man does take of these things. He has not the faintest idea of what we mean. It is to be feared that some of our own members also have not much idea of what we mean.